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G K Update

Sat 27 Feb, 2021

National News

Poll schedule for Assembly elections announced

  • Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March to 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd May.

Election Commission of India

Formed: 25 January 1950
Headquarters: New Delhi
CEC: Sunil Arora

'Mann Ki Baat': PM Modi to share his thoughts tomorrow

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio tomorrow. It will be the 74th episode of the monthly radio programme.

Prasar Bharati

Formed: 1997
Headquarters:New Delhi
CEO: Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021

  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing  Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 at Noida Haat. The Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 is being organized by the Ministry of Rural Development.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture:
Kailash Choudhary

Dr. Harsh Vardhan lays foundation stone of medical college

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare laid the foundation stone of the Mon Medical College in Mon district in the presence of Neiphiu Rio, C.M of Nagaland. This is the second medical college in the state.


Capital: Kohima
Governor: R.N. Ravi
Chief minister: Neiphiu Rio

International News

India, China agree to establish new hotline

  • The Foreign Ministers of India and China agreed to establish a new hotline to ensure “timely communication” in the wake of last year’s border crisis but differed sharply on the way forward to restore relations.


Capital: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi
President: Xi Jinping

 Economy & Banking

NSO expects Indian economy to contract by 8% in 2020-21

  • For FY 2020-21, the National Statistical Office (NSO) expects the GDP to contract 8% compared to an earlier projection of a decline of 7.7%, signalling weaker than expected rebound in the March quarter.

National Statistical Commission

Formed: July 12, 2006
Headquarters: New Delhi

Sports News

Cricketer Yusuf Pathan announces retirement

  • India's dashing batter Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all formats of the game. He played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India between 2007 and 2012.He was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup as well as the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which were won by the Indian team.

Person in News

Ligia Noronha

  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres  has  announced the appointment of Ligia Noronha of India as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme.

United Nations

Founded: 24 October 1945
Headquarters: New York

 Michael Somare

  • The first prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Michael Somare has passed away. He was known as the “father of the nation” because he led the Pacific archipelago to independence from Australia in 1975. He had served as the prime minister of the country four times.

Papua New Guinea

Capital: Port Moresby
Currency: Papua New Guinean kina

Important Days

World NGO Day

  • World NGO Day is celebrated every year on 27th February globally. World NGO Day aims to inspire people to become more actively involved within NGOs (Charities, NPOs, CSOs) and encourage a greater symbiosis between NGOs and both the public and private sector.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

  • Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated all across the country. Bhakti movement saint Guru Ravidas is well-known for making efforts in eradicating caste system. He was contemporary to Kabirdas and Mirabai was a disciple of Ravidas.